Growing up, if one mentioned “ramen”, I immediately thought of “oodles of noodles”, or, cup of noodles. You know, the packs of dried, crunchy, noodles that you make when you’re pantry is lacking other more desirable foods. As I got older and much wiser, I’ve come to know and fall in love with real ramen…the kind that was crafted and perfected on the streets of Japan way back in 1910 under it’s original name, shina soba (read more here!). It is the kind I am making my mission to taste and slurp the best of the best in Boston and anywhere i visit. (some of my favorites so far: Pikaichi-Boston, Jinya-Chicago).
Now, I am no expert when it comes to making an authentic bowl of ramen (which takes about 3+ hours just to make the broth from scratch!), but I think for my first “beginners” bowl made at home, I did pretty well.
What you will need
Cook Time: 20 minutes
-1/2 yellow onion (diced)
-2 packets of organic ramen noodles (I purchased mine from Wholefoods)
-spinach (1 cup)
-frozen corn (1 cup)
-soy sauce (2 tbsp)
-1 tsp of hoisin sauce
1. In a skillet, sauté (I used grape seed oil) your diced onions, ginger and garlic. Once they are browned to your liking, add your ground beef. Season with salt an pepper. Cook the beef, breaking it up into crumbled pieces. Add your favored amount of soy sauce (about 2 tbsp) and hoisin sauce. Turn the fire down low and let that simmer
2. In a pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add in your noodles and cook for the recommended cook time (usually about 4 minutes). Season the water with 1/2 packet of the noodle seasoning and low sodium soy sauce. (I tried to make sure this recipe wasn’t loaded in sodium. You can add more if you’d like it a bit saltier).
3. Use a laddle and spoon the some of the broth into your bowl and then add your noodles. You don’t need to over cook the noodles in the pot as they will continue to cook in your bowl. Once the noodles have been removed from the pot, add your corn to the remaining broth in the pot and cook for about 4 minutes.
4. All that’s left to do is plate your bowl. It’s really an art form trying to make all of the ingredients in this bowl stand out. You can add other ingredients such as bean sprouts, chili paste, an egg etc. to step it up even more!
Question of the Day: Where are the best places to get ramen in your area?
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